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Hi, im a year 12 student who will be applying to uni this October. Im planning on doing law. One of the unis that I am looking at is Cambridge. I am worried about the intensity/work life balance at Cambridge though. Also just general uni experience.

I would appreciate it if anyone who goes there could just share their experiences so that I can have something to refer to when I decide whether I wanna apply there or not.

Thanks in advance
i dont go there but i applied last year but very quickly learnt its not as amazing as everyone hypes it up to be. have a look at some tiktoks of first year experiences - my cousin goes there and he mentioned these after i brought up the other bad stuff ive heard, things like the city being shady at night, extremely touristy, everyone being competitive even for library seats etc. there have also been issues with support from profs and lecturers who expect everyone to be able to keep up and stay ahead etc. however despite the bad, if you feel you can maintain these and can handle the full oxbridge experience then def go for it - i realised this was not for me and luckily i was rejected, if i got an offer i definitely wouldve been pushed to accept by school/friends/family so im glad i didnt
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi, im a year 12 student who will be applying to uni this October. Im planning on doing law. One of the unis that I am looking at is Cambridge. I am worried about the intensity/work life balance at Cambridge though. Also just general uni experience.

I would appreciate it if anyone who goes there could just share their experiences so that I can have something to refer to when I decide whether I wanna apply there or not.

Thanks in advance


What course are you planning on doing?
Edit: sorry didn’t see you already said
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Original post by Anonymous
i dont go there but i applied last year but very quickly learnt its not as amazing as everyone hypes it up to be. have a look at some tiktoks of first year experiences - my cousin goes there and he mentioned these after i brought up the other bad stuff ive heard, things like the city being shady at night, extremely touristy, everyone being competitive even for library seats etc. there have also been issues with support from profs and lecturers who expect everyone to be able to keep up and stay ahead etc. however despite the bad, if you feel you can maintain these and can handle the full oxbridge experience then def go for it - i realised this was not for me and luckily i was rejected, if i got an offer i definitely wouldve been pushed to accept by school/friends/family so im glad i didnt


A lot of these things are heavily dependant on college and course, the city Cambridge is probably less shady than the average city but admittedly it is very touristy especially late in the year and its not for everyone
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Everyone will have a different experience, so I wouldn't completely disregard anything you hear. As someone who has just finished my first year, I have absolutely loved it. The quality of teaching is great (you are being lectured by the very best in their field, often they are the ones who wrote the textbook), the workload is intense but if you manage it well you are still able to have a very active social life, I love the city and personally have always felt extremely safe. Facilities differ between colleges, but at my college I am very happy and the faculty of law itself is fantastic. It is not for everyone as it is very different and a bit more intense than most other universities, so make sure to do your research, but I do love it
hi! I'm also considering applying in October for Maths. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what St John's is like :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
hi! I'm also considering applying in October for Maths. I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what St John's is like :smile:


It has a reputation (that will eventually be hard to avoid) that it is full of rich people from private schools.

This is not really true at least not any more so than any other college. John's is a big college (in terms of number of students and also the footprint it physically takes up) and has people from a wide variety of different backgrounds. It is one of the wealthier colleges, and unlike some wealthy colleges it is generous with its wealth, and some of the grants available for things like travelling tend to be among the highest of any college. It is in the centre of town and big, so does attract a lot of tourists which is a price students pay for the surroundings they live in, really.

If you haven't yet, I'd encourage you to drop into the 2024 applicants thread and say hi to discuss further through the process. :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, im a year 12 student who will be applying to uni this October. Im planning on doing law. One of the unis that I am looking at is Cambridge. I am worried about the intensity/work life balance at Cambridge though. Also just general uni experience.

I would appreciate it if anyone who goes there could just share their experiences so that I can have something to refer to when I decide whether I wanna apply there or not.

Thanks in advance

It would probably be helpful to know what sort of things are most important to you when you talk about the uni experience? :smile:

Cambridge students do undoubtedly have a higher workload than other universities basically one of the things that makes Cambridge different is that the teaching time is more compressed, so deadlines tend to be shorter, and a lot of the individual work (especially in arts subjects) is centred around essay-writing.

That said, most people who are admitted find themselves busy but not usually overwhelmed, and if they want to they can dedicate a decent amount of time to one or two extra-curricular activies (sports, societies etc) and have time to socialise. :yep:

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